Said to be the "world's first and only germicidal bath-substituting lotion/gel", DryBath was invented by University of Cape Town student Ludwick Marishane with an inspiration coming from a friend who finds bathing to be too much of a bother.
"He was lazy and he happened to say, 'why doesn't somebody invent something that you can just put on your skin and you don't have to bathe'," said Marishane.
Using his internet-capable cellphone, the accounting and finance major searched through the web in pursuit of a formula. Six months later, he developed the DryBath and a obtained a patent.
Unlike anti-bacterial hand washes, DryBath is odourless and has biodegradable cleansing film with moisturisers.
"DryBath is an innovation, because it tackles the hygiene & water consumption problems in a manner that has never been used before. It provides a waterless hygiene solution to the poor. It provides a bathing-alternative to more affluent households, and saves a global average of 120 liters of water every time they decide to use DryBath™ to skip a bath. It provides corporate clients like airlines (long distance flights), mining companies, and hotel groups with a hygiene solution that they can provide to their clients & employees cheaply and conveniently." Marishane's company Headboy Industries Inc. wrote on its website.
DryBath is now manufactured commercially with clients including major global airlines for use on long-haul flights and governments for its soldiers in the field.